What Is a Web Database?

By Meg North

A Web database is a database application designed to be managed and accessed through the Internet. Website operators can manage this collection of data and present analytical results based on the data in the Web database application. Databases first appeared in the 1990s, and have been an asset for businesses, allowing the collection of seemingly infinite amounts of data from infinite amounts of customers.

Data Organization

Web databases enable collected data to be organized and cataloged thoroughly within hundreds of parameters. The Web database does not require advanced computer skills, and many database software programs provide an easy "click-and-create" style with no complicated coding. Fill in the fields and save each record. Organize the data however you choose, such as chronologically, alphabetically or by a specific set of parameters.

Web Database Software

Web database software programs are found within desktop publishing programs, such as Microsoft Office Access and OpenOffice Base. Other programs include the Webex WebOffice database and FormLogix Web database. The most advanced software applications can set up data collection forms, polls, feedback forms and present data analysis in real time.

Applicable Uses

Businesses both large and small can use Web databases to create website polls, feedback forms, client or customer and inventory lists. Personal Web database use can range from storing personal email accounts to a home inventory to personal website analytics. The Web database is entirely customizable to an individual's or business's needs.


Often in the world of Web databases, MySQL (structured query language) will be mentioned. This is a relational database management system that manages different Web databases. It operates as a server, and is an open source project. MySQL is often included with Web hosting for managing either personal or business website databases. It is a programming language, so is a more difficult to work with than a straight Web database software program.